‘April in Paris’ Walking Tours

We were recently contacted by April from April in Paris Tours, who kindly offered a free tour to the A La Carte Paris team. As much as we would have loved to participate, we thought we would pass on this kind gesture to one of our clients.

April in Paris Tours offer customized walking tours to places that aren’t featured in even the best Paris guidebooks. On a walking tour with April, you will experience Paris’ beauty and history from an insider’s perspective. All tours are tailor-made to fit your needs so they are a perfect option whether it be your first trip or one of many to Paris. 

April decided to take one lucky A La Carte guest on the “off the beaten path” tour. This is her newest tour and includes some lesser known treasures that Paris offers. 

“We started at Place de la République and made our way to Rue Montorgueil where we stopped at Storher for a famous Baba au Rhum and awed over the beautiful flowers and tasted some cheeses too! We continued through Les Halles and visited St. Eustache and marveled over the pipe organ. We had a wee sit down on Pont Neuf to taste the pastries and made our way into the islands. Normally the tour would end at Ile St Louis, where we cooled down with a Bertillion but I couldn’t say enough about the Marais so we ventured in with a stop at L’Etiquette Wine Bar, wandered through St. Paul Village and stopped in Rue des Rosiers for a falafel lunch. We then sat in Place des Vosges where I highlighted a map for Lynn, with the route we walked today as well as some of my favourite foodie hot spots. Then, I couldn’t resist, and I brought her through the secret red door into Hotel Sully before stopping for one last coffee! It was a wonderful time and the sun managed to pop out too! “
 

We chose our client, Lynn, to go on a walking tour with April. During Lynn’s visit to Paris over the months of April, May & June she stayed in three different A La Carte apartments: Eiffel Nest Studio, Eiffel Elegance and Orsay Studio. All three of these apartments are centrally located in the Eiffel Tower and Saint Germain area, which allowed Lynn easy access to all the main tourist attractions.

Hear what Lynn had to say about her experience with April : 

“Oh my gosh I can’t say enough about how excellent it was today!  April is professional, knowledgable, well prepared, articulate and has a warm, welcoming and fun personality.  She delivers a multitude of historical and informative information without sounding mechanical or dry.  I felt instantly comfortable with her and can see where she would put multiple different personality types at ease. 

She took me on a “off the beaten path” tour which was incredible.  I have been to Paris several times and was thrilled with the amount of the city we covered and the variety of the treasures we explored.  As all of her tours are personalized I feel that your guests would be able to have a very unique tour experience.  One that would be difficult to find with other companies that have larger groups, or “canned” tours which might not meet all of your clients wishes.

THANK YOU so much for the opportunity to spend this time with April.  I have done a fun run, volunteered for the Paris marathon, been to the Grand Steeplechase, been to Roland Garros and had several explorations in different arrondissements, ridden the velib, museums, concerts, been to the Bastille for Romeo and Juliet, etc etc and this day will be one of my favorite memories.

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 Thank you to Lynn and to April  – it definitely sounds like you had a great day exploring Paris with each other!

A little more about April…

 Throughout the years, April has had the opportunity to visit the City of Lights as a tourist, having been captivated by everything Paris has to offer, in particular the rich history, delicious food, trendy fashion and the beautiful language. For the past two years, April has called Paris home, working there as a tour guide. Coming from the Niagara Region in Canada, but since then living a nomadic life for many years, she has always worked in tourism. Therefore it only came naturally to her to continue to pursue her passion in tourism by starting her own company. And alas, April in Paris Tours was born.

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A little more about her other tours…

Half Day Historic Tour:
  Experience old Parisian charm as you walk through the historic districts of Paris. Learn about the city’s medieval roots as you explore the cobblestoned streets of Latin Quarter and the left bank. As you cross over the Seine River, notice the difference in architecture as you make your way into the heart of Renaissance Paris, highlighting Hôtel de Ville and the grand residences of the Marais district. From here, you will discover quaint gardens and the hidden treasures of St. Paul before reaching the prestigious Île Saint Louis, home to Berthillon Ice Cream, perfect for cooling down after a stroll through Paris’ extraordinary past.

Half Day Highlights Tour:
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iscover the renowned landmarks that make Paris so special: the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Hôtel des Invalides and Eiffel Tower. Take a stroll down the Champs-Élysées and window shop in the fashion capital of the world or imagine being part of the cheering crowd as the Tour de France passes by. Stop for a macaron at the famed Ladurée before continuing to the Arc de Triomphe, looming over the busy avenue. Before standing at its feet, Trocadéro provides an incredible view to take cherished photos of the Eiffel Tower.


Full Day Walking Tour:
 
Combination of both Historic and Highlights with a lunch stop in the Tuileries

Half Day Highlights Tour with Private Chauffeur: Start the tour directly on your doorstep! Your guide and private chauffeur will whisk you through the grand streets of Paris, showcasing its diverse neighbourhoods, café-lined streets and magnificent sites which make the City of Lights such a desirable destination. Learn about Paris’ rich history and marvel over the breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower, Opera Garnier, Sacre Coeur and Louvre Museum, stopping for photos along the way in order to capture cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Versailles: For over 3 centuries, the Palace of Versailles and the splendor of its gardens have been renowned for their utmost extravagance, prestige and scandal. Step back in time and experience the history and opulence of the Royal Palace with a guided tour followed by a waterfront lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a visit through the Royal Gardens and discover the breaktaking fountains and Grand Canal. And, of course, no trip to Versailles would be complete without a glimpse into the life of Marie Antoinette and her Peasant’s Village.

All tours include: Tour guide, hotel pick up, map of Paris, bottle of water and restaurant recommendations & reservations.

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 If you would like to go on a tour with April check-out her website, email or call on +33 7 82 23 44 83 for more information – don’t forget to mention that you are an A La Carte client! 

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Gary McCall says:

    Alex,

    Thank you for this information. We have not made specific plans for our time in Paris wanting to enjoy life in the Marais district near the apartment. This looks really good. We will contact “April in Paris” and book one of her half-day walking tours. We are in the Marais Collection-Elegant Hotel de Ville from June 17-25, 2016.

    Gary

    Gary McCall 813-486-0033 (m) willcall53@aol.com

    1. alcp says:

      Hello Gary,

      Thank you for your comment. I am sure you’ll have a great tour with April if you decide to book, she has lots of different tour options that I’m sure will take your fancy.

      We look forward to hosting you at the Marais Collection apartment very soon!

  2. That’s cool! Great idea! Thank you for sharing! bet this could be a great experience.

    1. alcp says:

      It really is a great tour and fun way to experience a different side of Paris.

  3. carolyn westermann says:

    THANK YOU ALEX FOR THIS SUGGESTION. IT SOUNDS JUST LIKE WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR. I HAVE RENTED YOUR ST. GERMAINE APT FOR 3 WEEKS STARTING 4-27. THIS IS THE FOURTH TIME WE HAVE WORKED WITH ALA CARTE AND HAVE NEVER BEEN DISAPPOINTED.

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